Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, and a man with a shrivelled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”

Matthew 12 : 9 – 10

Have you ever had the experience of your hand or your foot being asleep? It is really difficult to use or try to get it to do what you want it to do. Now, eventually you get the feeling back, and are able to use it again. Imagine if it stopped working, and you were no longer able to use it. There are so many things we depend on our hands for when it comes to day to day life.

We are able to love, care for, and serve people with our hands, but if your hand was shrivelled, you wouldn’t be able to do everything you want to do. Here is this man, and there are people watching, waiting to see if Jesus will heal him, since it was the Sabbath. Jesus’ attention is not on following the law of the Sabbath, but on healing this man, because this is what is more important. This man having use of his hand in order to live his life to the fullest is more important to Jesus. Love is bigger than ticking the boxes and following the rules.

Prayer: Gracious God, sometimes we get so bogged down with following the rules that we miss the opportunity to reach out and love and care for your people. Help us to lift our eyes up, and see your beloved community, and open our eyes and hands to serving you through loving and caring for others. Amen.

Action: Love people, care for people.

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